• The Carter House
The Carter House, built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, witnessed one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War on November 30, 1864.
• Historic Carnton Plantation
On November 30, 1864, the tragedy of the Battle of Franklin, so devastating to the Confederacy, unfolded in the fields near Carnton, home of John and Carrie McGavock. Over 20,000 soldiers in the Army of Tennessee attacked well-fortified Union breastworks at the southern edge of town. Soon the McGavocks would witness the carnage of war as they opened the doors of their home to be used as a field hospital for wounded Confederates. Historic Carnton Plantation
• The Factory at Franklin
The Factory at Franklin is a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment complex located in Franklin, Tennessee. The Factory is a member of the National Register of Historic Places. The Factory occupies the circa-1929 buildings that once served as the Dortch Stove Works, Magic Chef and later the Jamison Bedding Company.
• Belmont Mansion
Belmont Mansion was constructed as one of the most elaborate antebellum homes in the South, with 36 rooms and 19,000 sq. ft. The estate contained an art gallery, conservatories, lavish gardens, aviary, lake and zoo.
• Belle Meade Plantation
Belle Meade Plantation
• Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
The Cheekwood Botanical Gardens are seen and enjoyed by 170,000 visitors each year. The property was once the elegant home of the Cheek family. The 55 acre site includes the original Cheek gardens, designed by Bryant Fleming, with pools, fountains, statuary, extensive boxwood plantings and breathtaking views of the rolling Tennessee hills.
• Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame presents the crown jewels of its vast collection to illustrate country music's story as told through the turns of two centuries. A treasure trove of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits and state-of-the-art design, regular menu of live performances and public programs, museum store, live satellite radio broadcasts, on-site dining and fabulous public spaces all contribute to an unforgettable museum experience.
• Downtown Presbyterian Church
Downtown Presbyterian Church church was one of many buildings used as hospitals during the Union occupation of the city during the Civil War. It was designated Hospital No. 8 and housed 206 beds.
• Nashville Zoo
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is open every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
• Parthenon Museum
The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.
• Tennessee State Capitol
The majestic Tennessee State Capitol, completed in 1859, is located on a high hill in downtown Nashville. It was one of the most magnificent public buildings of its time, anywhere in the U.S.
• Travelers Rest Plantation and Museum
Saved from demolition in 1954 by the Tennessee Society of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the historic house, built originally in 1799, was restored to interpret the early 19th century life of Judge John Overton, one of the state’s first Supreme Court Justices, the founder of Memphis, and a close personal friend of Andrew Jackson. Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum
Festivals in Franklin:
• Annual Pumpkinfest
Historic Downtown Franklin’s annual Pumpkinfest the last Saturday in October fills Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenues with all things fall-related--pumpkins, costumes, two stages offering entertainment, hayrides and fall crafts. Streets are lined with fabulous food, hot cider and wonderful holiday and fall crafts and artisans. Merchants on Main ”treat” trick or treaters at their businesses until 3 p.m. The People’s Church provide a children’s carnival on 3rd Avenue South with lots of fun free activities for kid’s and the stage at City Hall. Entertainment is continuous on stages in front of the Old Courthouse on the Public Square and at Five Points. Hayrides and scarecrows and ghosts and goblins meander down Main at Pumpkinfest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Spring Hill Country Ham Festival